|Protestors carry banners reading “We Want Free Tibet,” “Stop the Genocide in Tibet” and “Freedom of Tibet is Bangladesh's Protection” in Bangla and English
Tibet supporters protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, March 31, 2009, to mark 50th anniversary of Dalai Lama arrival in India (Photo: Amdadul Huq/ DRIK News)
Dharamsala, March 31: Bangladeshi Tibet supporters Tuesday marched towards the Chinese Embassy in secured Baridhara area of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and lit candles raising slogans to demand for a free and peaceful Tibet.
The protest was organized by the newly formed Bangladesh chapter of Students for a Free Tibet (BDSFT).
Some 40 activists took part in the first ever protest of this kind in the country, the group’s national director Wasfia Nazreen told Phayul.
According to her the protestors included some famed musicians, writers and artists of the country, as well as University students. “All of them were put in Police vans and at the time of filing this report, about twenty-five Bangladeshis were still in Gulshan Police Station in the country’s capital,” Wasfia said.
“I’m very sad with what is going inside Tibet,” a statement released by the group quoted Arnob, Bangladesh’s acclaimed musician and a popular voice across the country, as saying from the Police station.
“Tibet supporters took action at Chinese embassy in Bangladesh today to broadcast a message of truth about the intensifying military crackdown in Tibet and the Tibetan people’s undying resolve to regain their freedom and that Bangladeshis are hand-in-hand with their struggle, as we have withstood such dictatorship in our own history,” Arnob described.
Tuesday marked 50th anniversary the Dalai Lama’s arrival in India.
The organizers said the protest at the Chinese embassy was carried out in “honour and solidarity” to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people for their long enduring time on foreign land.
“We have gathered here today to tell China enough is really enough, and that no 21st century human with a right head on their shoulder will support their propaganda to maintain such an iron-fisted control over Tibet,” said Labik Kamal Gaurob, another musician and artist.
“As a Bangladeshi Buddhist and for the sake of humanity, I beg my fellow country people to help save Tibet, which is under the most brutal destructive occupation of PRC,” Wasfia said.
According to her, Bengal and Tibbot (Tibet) has long standing historical ties.
The birth-place of Atisha Dipankar Srijan (considered one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhist tradition) lies in Munshigonj of what is now Bangladesh, she says.
As is the case of Tibet, Wasfia believes, her country has also been facing common challenges with China.
“In our own history, we’ve stood against the tyranny of Pakistan, which not to forget was backed by China all the way.
“Even when Bangladesh tried to join the UN in 1972, China had used its veto power to stop our entry. So in either case not a single Bangladeshi should be bowing down to China’s pressure.” Wasfia argues.